Google categorize websites without SSL certificate as insecure. But what is an SSL Certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is an internet protocol for securing data transfer between a user’s browser and the website they are visiting.
Every internet user transfers information when they visit websites. This information can often be sensitive like payment details, credit card information, or login credentials.
Using the normal HTTP protocol means this information can be hijacked by hackers. This is where SSL or HTTPS comes in.
SSL / HTTPS is recommended for all websites on the internet specially for e-commerce store, a website who has membership feature, or requires users to login.
A free SSL certificate is established by Let’s Encrypt. The purpose of this certificate authority is to make it easier for website owners to get a free SSL certificate.
Here are the top WordPress hosting companies that offer free SSL certificate with their hosting plans.
If you are already using one of these companies, then you can turn on your free SSL certificate from your hosting dashboard. Simply login to your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard and scroll down to the ‘Security’ section.